Ashford, High Street And St Mary's Church 1901

Memories of Ashford


My mum and granma lived here during the war, when the Tannery was in operation. I have some lovely stories of the Whist that my mum told me.

Does anyone remember the toffee apple man? He used to push a bike around with a tray on the front, crammed with toffee apples, always rang a hand bell so you knew he was on his way.

I remember when I was nursing at Ashford, Hothfield and Willesborough hospitals. We use to have to go to the Warren for some lessons. I can still remember my shock at seeing rows of `Iron Lungs` that were no longer in use. Also seeing the mortuary which was so tiny and had just wooden slates for the bodies. The house was beautiful and I remember how grand it all seemed way back then.

RE Photo 60335 - Sorry, but this photo is of the building that replaced the original Hospital built (circa 1890) in Station Road (formerly Marsh Street) a few doors from the Baptist Church and next to the town's Gas Works. The new Hospital was built as it was considered that the smell of gas was not conducive to (...Read full memory)

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